BUT! Just because there will be examples of what to say, doesn't mean you have to say (or even do) everything like it is written here. In fact, I encourage you to write your own invocations, evocations and basically rituals in general because it is in this way that the ritual also becomes more powerful.
Organizing Your Ritual Space
1. Opening the Circle/Erecting the Temple
If you want to prepare yourself both energetically and mentally, now is the time to center and ground yourself. By centering yourself, you bring everything into balance and really penetrate into your very core. This can be done by visualizing a shining ball somewhere around your heart which becomes brighter and purer every time you breathe in. With every exhale you relieve yourself or any negative thoughts and your everyday problems. By doing this, you try to achieve balance. Grounding is the process of borrowing energy from the ground and/or the universe so you can do you ritual as best you can (especially if you're planning to do a demanding religious or magical ritual). You can ground yourself with another visualization where the shining ball from before descends through your spine into the ground where it goes deeper and deeper until it has gathered enough energy. You then visualize it returning to its starting point and, if you want to connect to the universe, you can also visualize it floating up through your vertex and going higher and higher constantly taking in the universe's energy. It then returns back into your body. You should now feel filled with positive energy and ready to begin your ritual by opening the circle.
"Let it be known that the temple shall be erected and the circle cast."
"Here, in the East, I bring light and air in order to illuminate my temple and breathe life into it."
"Here, in the South, I bring light and air in order to illuminate my temple and breathe life into it."
"Here, in the West, I bring light and air in order to illuminate my temple and breathe life into it."
"Here, in the North, I bring light and air in order to illuminate my temple and breathe life into it."
"Salt is life. May it cleanse me in every way; may it cleanse my body and my soul because I devote myself to the Goddess and God in this ritual."
"May this sacred salt remove and impurities from this water so I may use it in this rite."
"I cleanse this circle with the element of Air."
"I cleanse this circle with the element of Fire."
"I cleanse this circle with the element of Water."
"I cleanse this circle with the element of Earth."
"May the circle be open."
"I consecrate myself in the name of the God and the Goddess and give them a warm welcome into this circle."
2. Invoking the Elements
"Greetings to the element of Air, the Guardian of the Watchtower of the East. May you be ever strong in protecting this circle."
"Greetings to the element of Fire, the Guardian of the Watchtower of the South. May you be ever strong in protecting this circle."
"Greetings to the element of Water, the Guardian of the Watchtower of the West. May you be ever strong in protecting this circle."
"Greetings to the element of Earth, the Guardian of the Watchtower of the North. May you be ever strong in protecting this circle."
3. Invoking the Goddess and God
"Hail to the quarters and hail to the Gods. I give my greetings to the Lord and Lady and invite them to join me and witness this ritual that I hold in their honor."
4. Esbat and Sabbat Rituals
No matter what the occasion, a good idea would be to raise the energy at this point. The whole poing of raising energy is to achieve an alternate state of consciousness and raise the energy of the circle in general in order to channel it towards a certain goal (e.g. a magical work or contacting a deity which usually follows this) or perhaps towards the food and drink (which should always come after this step). You can find out more on this in my post on raising group energy where you can read about the various techniques which can be used to do this (of course, you can alter all of it to fit the number of people attending the ritual).
5. Cakes and Wine
"I relax, breathe deeply, calm down and become aware of the earth/floor I am sitting on. My feet (or if you are sitting, your spine) are on the ground and I visualize tree roots growing from down my spine into the earth itself. I feel on with the earth from which i receive energy. I stay like this for a while. I then take back the roots into myself being aware of the energy that now circulates through my body."
"It is time for me to thank the Gods for their help. So mote it be."
"May man unite with woman in this way in mutual happiness. May the fruits of this unity heighten life. May everyone be fertile and may abundance spread throughout the lands."
"This food is a blessing from the Gods. May we freely share everything and while doing so remember that we share with those that have less than ourselves."
While eating, meditate on the meaning of the food you are eating and on the meaning of that specific Esbat or Sabbat ritual.
6. Thanking the Goddess and God
I do this while standing at my altar and saying something like:
"As I came into my temple in love and friendship, so I leave it. Let me radiate this love outwards and share it with those that I meet.
I thank the Goddess and God, whom I invoked and from whom I asked for help. I thank you for watching over me, guarding me and leading me in all that I do. (Love is the law, love is the bond.) Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again. The circle will now be closed."
7. Dismissing the Quarters
"I thank the element of Air for protecting my circle. Go in peace."-in the South
"I thank the element of Fire for protecting my circle. Go in peace."-in the West
"I thank the element of Water for protecting my circle. Go in peace."-in the North
"I thank the element of Earth for protecting my circle. Go in peace."Note: some people may prefer to close their circle widdershins (counterclockwise i.e. beginning in the East, then going to the North, West, South and returning to the East), while others will find that they prefer using this direction only when doing banishments. Others think than, by doing this, we unconsecrate everything that was previously consecrated. Then again, the decision is yours. I always go deosil, if that means anything :)
I then put down the athamé/wand and visualize the "deflating" of the sphere of light (remember the sphere you filled with light during the opening of the circle). While doing so, I say:
"Praise be to the magickal Elements. I bid you farewell. So mote it be."While visualizing the white light slowly fading, I also try to feel the Elements leaving the circle. This will help bring you back to the real world.
When you feel ready, walk around the circle (widdershins or deosil...whichever you have decided on) with your athamé and remark the perimeter while saying:
"The circle is now closed. So mote it me."Now be tidy and clear everything up after yourself (not that there will be much to tidy since there was no sacrificing of any sort and no blood to mop up :p). After everything has been cleared, the only thing that should be left is your altar candle which you show now blow/snuff out also (this is left last partly for practical reasons because you may be working in the dark and can leave the circle to turn the lights back on only after you have closed the circle).
I'm guessing that all this reading tired you out, as did the writing part do the trick for me. But I hope it was worth it :) Not that I have carried out my promise, I leave you with a clear conscience :)
Until next time. Yours,